2020, December 9: Morning Crescent Moon Approaches Venus

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2020, December 9: The crescent moon is over halfway up in the sky in the south-southeast. It is 3.3° to the upper right of Gamma Virginis (γ Vir, m = 3.4).

December 9, 2020:  Before sunrise the Crescent is near the star Gamma Virginis while brilliant Venus is low in the southeast.  In three mornings, a thin moon joins Venus before sunrise.

by Jeffrey L. Hunt

2020, December 9: The crescent moon is over halfway up in the sky in the south-southeast. It is 3.3° to the upper right of Gamma Virginis (γ Vir, m = 3.4). It is above Spica and Venus.

Chicago, Illinois:  Sunrise, 7:07 a.m. CST; Sunset, 4:20 p.m. CST.  Check local sources for sunrise and sunset times for your location.

2020, December 9: The moon (24.3 days after the New Moon phase, 33% illuminated) is over halfway up in the sky in the south-southeast.

Before sunrise the crescent moon is about halfway up in the sky in the south-southeastern sky.  It is among the stars of Virgo, near Gamma Virginis (γ Vir on the chart).  The moon is 33% illuminated. Tomorrow morning, the moon is near Spica.

2020, December 9: Brilliant Venus is low in the southeast, 3.4° to the upper left of Iota Librae (ι Lib).

Venus is lower in the southeastern sky among the stars of Libra.

2020, December 9, 2020: Venus low in the southeast.

On December 12, the thin crescent moon is above Venus.  The pair should inspire photographers and artists.

2020, July 17: The crescent moon, Venus, and Aldebaran in the eastern sky before sunrise.

Reflected sunlight from Earth’s features gently illuminates the night portion of the moon.  This is known as earthshine.

The earthshine effect can be seen with a binocular or small telescope.  Get ready for the scene that occurs in a few mornings to capture the scene in a creative way.

The photo above from earlier during 2020 displays the earthshine effect.

Detailed Note: One hour before sunrise, the moon (24.3d, 33%) is over halfway up in the sky in the south-southeast.  It is 3.3° to the upper right of Gamma Virginis (γ Vir, m = 3.4).  Venus is lower in the southeast, about 11° in altitude. It is 3.4° to the upper left of ι Lib. 

See our summary about Venus during December 2020 and the feature article  about Venus as a Morning Star.

Read more about the planets during December.

2021, April 25: Mercury-Venus Conjunction, Mars, Bright Moon

April 25, 2021: Mercury passes Evening Star Venus this evening after sunset.  Look low in the western sky about 20 minutes after sunset.  Mars is marching eastward in Gemini, near the star cluster Messier 35.  The bright moon is near Spica.

2021, April 24: Evening Star, Bright Mercury, Venus, Mars, Gibbous Moon

April 24, 2021:  Brilliant Evening Star Venus and bright Mercury are entering the evening sky.  They are low in the west-northwest during evening twilight.  The bright moon is in the southeast in Virgo.  Mars moves into Gemini as it approaches the star cluster Messier 35.

2021, April 24: Lunar Occultation, Morning Planets, Jupiter Saturn

April 24, 2021:  The bright gibbous moon is near a star in Virgo during the early morning.  From parts of the Western Hemisphere, the moon covers the star.  Before sunrise, bright morning planets, Jupiter and Saturn are in the southeast before sunrise.

2021, April 23: Evening Star Venus, Mercury, Mars, Moon

April 23, 2021: Evening Star Venus and Mercury are entering the evening sky.  They are found very low in the west-northwest after sunset.  The bright moon is in the southeastern sky during the early evening.  Mars is moving toward the star cluster Messier 35.



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